awaken

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verb awak·en \ə-ˈwā-kən\

Definition of awaken

awakened

;

awakening

play \-ˈwāk-niŋ, -ˈwā-kə-\
  1. :  awake <was awakened by the alarm clock>

awakener

play \-ˈwāk-nər, -ˈwā-kə-\ noun

Examples of awaken in a sentence

  1. She usually awakens several times during the night.

  2. A loud noise awakened her.

Origin and Etymology of awaken

Middle English, from Old English awæcnian, from a- + wæcnian to waken


First Known Use: before 12th century



AWAKEN Defined for English Language Learners

awaken

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verb awak·en \ə-ˈwā-kən\

Definition of awaken for English Language Learners

  • : to stop sleeping : to wake up


AWAKEN Defined for Kids

awaken

play
verb awak·en \ə-ˈwā-kən\

Definition of awaken for Students

awakened

awakening

  1. :  1awake



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